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Spanish Ebola victim receiving experimental treatment

Xinhua, August 11, 2014 Adjust font size:

The family of the Spanish priest, who was flown home from Liberia earlier in the week after being confirmed as suffering from Ebola, is receiving the experimental "ZMapp" treatment to combat his illness, it was confirmed by the Spanish press on Sunday.

75-year-old Miguel Pajares is being treated in the Carlos III hospital in the north of the Spanish capital, where his condition is "stable," however, there is optimism, that the 'Z'Mapp treatment, which is also being used on two American's who were flown to the U.S. after contracting the virus, which has killed almost 1,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Republic of Guinea and Nigeria, will help him combat the sickness.

The ZMapp' was flown in from Geneva on Saturday after the Spanish Agency for Medicine and Sanitary Products gave the OK for the import of the medicine, which is an experimental serum of monoclonal antibodies, which it is hoped will help give the body's immune system more resources to combat the Ebola virus.

"Now we have to wait, there is nothing else to do," a member of Pajares' family told Spanish TV network, RTVE, adding that the priest has asked the hotel not to make public medical reports about the evolution of his condition.

It was confirmed that one of nuns who worked with Pajares in the hospital in the Liberian capital of Monrovia had died of the disease on Friday, while another remains in a stable condition.

Meanwhile Saturday saw Madrid's Adolfo Suarez-Barajas airport receive the first direct flight from Nigeria after Spanish health authorities had authorized a special health protocol to check nobody on board was infected with Ebola. The plane taxied to a remote part of the airport, while health officials carried out tests on passengers before allowing them to disembark.

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